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Dear [first_name%],
As I write this, my communications are abuzz with more cities resorting to an SOS human-dog conflict situation – cases of possible dog bites and resulting dog deaths or displacement in Barielly, Amritsar, Lucknow – all just in one week.
We all feel deeply aggrieved over the lost lives- humans and dogs. But I despair over the vigilantes who seem to take the ‘an eye for an eye’ approach by ruthless culling of every dog they can lay their eyes upon. And though like so many of us, the first animal I ever truly loved was a dog, I am also frustrated by the dog lovers who deny the existence of this conflict. There’s a path in the middle we must take, finding solutions balancing both variables in this equation – humans and dogs, alike.
While effective ABC and ARV is needed for dogs, dog-bite prevention programmes are needed for people too. Working on a multi-pronged, holistic approach provides long and short-term solutions to address this rising conflict across India.
Human-dog conflict has been most magnified in Kerala – and so we launched our state-wide campaign--Rabies Free Kerala-- engaging with the government, communities, NGOs and the media in 2016. The thrust of the effort is to parallely work on enabling effective ABC with the local government, engaging communities to prevent dog-bites, and engaging with the media to present the dog-side of the story.
With the enormous efforts of our partners, the movement has already secured the support of the Minister of Urban Development and nearly 10 local bodies (municipalities and panchayats). The media has started to regularly present a more balanced view, and lakhs of people have been educated busting dog-bite myths.
Of course despite all our efforts, dog-killings sometimes still happen. Amidst such anti-dog hysteria, it’s particularly important to remember the wonderfulness of dogs, and how they are relying on us to resolve conflicts - with love, not death. From the Ghats of Varanasi, to the galis of Jaipur, we have found that peaceful, friendly ways to end conflict work best.  Always with people - not confrontationally, but collaboratively. 
By collaborating we can—and I believe we will—see a day when dog protectors far outweigh those stray people who have missed the obvious: that dogs are, indeed, humanity’s best friends.
Varda Mehrotra,
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations(FIAPO)

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